Article by Bro. Duane
Jesus Christ took away his being God and became humble (Philippians 2:5-8).
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”(Philippians 2:5-8)
Jesus came here not to give glory to Himself but to the Father. He is not like many people who give glory only to themselves.
“Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.”(John 8:54)
Another New Testament scholar used by INC ministers to twist the truth in John 10:30 is the Book of D.A. Carson on “The Gospel According to John.”
Now, will Parba, Ventilacion and other INC Ministers still accept the statement of D.A. Carson?
“At a popular level, this clause is often cited, out of context, by modern arians who renew the controversy from the early centuries that is connected with the name of Arius. In the clause before us, the father is greater that I cannot be taken to mean that Jesus is not God, or that he is a lesser God; the historical context of Jewish monotheism forbids the latter, and the immediate literary context renders the former irrelevant” (The Gospel According to John by D.A. Carson, Page 507)
I just want to quote the comment of a highly respected Christian Scholar, Norman Geisler.
“The Father is greater than the son by office, but not by nature, since both are God. Just as an earthly father is equally human with, but holds a higher office than, his son, even so the Father and the Son in the trinity are equal in essence, but different in function. “(The Big Book of Bible Difficulties, Page 420)
When INC Ministers defended their wrong interpretation of John 1:1, they gathered what the scholar Dr. Daniel Wallace said.
Now, will Parba, Ventilacion and other INC Ministers still accept the statement of Dr. Daniel Wallace?
“In this context, it is obvious that Jesus is speaking with reference to his office, not his person. That is, the Father has great rank, but the Son is no less deity than is the Father. “(Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics by Daniel Wallace, Page 111)